Wine: Something for the weekend?

 

Night in

2012 Extra Special Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

A delightful Victoria pinot noir from the family company of De Bortoli. Spicy in aroma with bright, fresh cherryish fruit supported by a polished veneer of oak vanilla. £8, Asda

Dinner party

2010 Vereto Salice Salentino

From Italy's southern heel, this oak-aged rosso made from the local negroamaro has a silky black cherry fruitiness with a hint of raisin and an exuberantly juicy character. £10.99 buy 2 = £8.99, Majestic

Splash

2005 Contino Rioja, Alavesa

The smoky intensity of this blend of mainly tempranillo from one of rioja's great producers, is supported by a smooth raspberry quality and infused with light smoke and vanilla. £23, Marks & Spencer

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